Switzerland started the World Cup ranked by FIFA as the world's sixth-best team.
To put that into prospective, it's nine places ahead of the Netherlands. And 11 ahead of France, their opponents in Salvador on Friday.
Switzerland have an experienced manager in Ottmar Hitzfeld and some very good players like Stephan Lichtsteiner, Gokhan Inler and Xherdan Shaqiri. But there are still question marks over Johan Djourou at centre-half. They are the same doubts that led Arsene Wenger to sanction his sale to Hamburg.
After beating Ecuador, Switzerland will expect to qualify from Group E. But they'll have to get something from their game with France if they hope to finish top.
And assistant coach Michel Pont told AFP, per FIFA.com, Switzerland won't turn up just to defend in numbers.
It is extremely difficult to find weaknesses in the France team, it's the first time in 13 years that I've struggled to find them. It is very well organised, compact defence, who make individual sacrifices which is down to the will of the players. We have to find weaknesses by jumping on every opportunity.
If we try and pack all 10 players behind the ball, it won't work, we have to challenge them.
If Switzerland don't plan on heavy defending, their success will depend, in part, on Djourou's ability to stop France's Karim Benzema.